It wasn’t all bad
Mary Lou Smith is known as the Queen of the Conch. The 70-year-old has been joyously blasting the large pink shell at weddings and parties on Key West, Fla., for nearly two decades and has won the island’s annual conch-blowing contest several times. But Smith’s shell talent inspired a particularly special moment this week when, shortly after she won this year’s women’s division contest, her beau, Rick Race, 73, jumped onstage, got down on one knee, and proposed. It took Smith a moment to gather her thoughts. “I didn’t know what to say, so I blew the conch,” she says. “Then, I said yes.”
Quebec musher Anny Malo was 25 miles into the 150-mile CopperDog sled race when disaster struck. One of her dogs, Max, had collapsed after a piece of ice became lodged in its throat. Malo was trying to help the dog when fellow musher Frank Moe passed by. A trained EMT, Moe suspended his own race and performed doggie CPR, blowing air into Max’s snout and reviving the animal. Moe finished 11th in the race—but his generosity earned him a sportsmanship award. As for Max, Malo says he’s well and still “the happiest dog in my truck.”
Philando Castile’s legacy lives on in the public schools of St. Paul, Minn. The JJ Hill Montessori nutrition supervisor was killed in an officer-involved shooting in 2016. Inspired by Castile’s history of buying lunch for the school’s poorer kids when they couldn’t afford it, a local university professor and her students created a charity to pay off JJ Hill’s entire student lunch debt. Since September, Philando Feeds the Children has raised more than $130,000: enough to wipe out not only the debt at JJ Hill, but all student lunch debt across St. Paul’s 56 public schools. “We are merely trying to continue Mr. Phil’s kind spirit,” says Prof. Pam Fergus.